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“Radiograph of a Family” wins best feature at IDFA ’20

Firouzeh Khosrovani’s Radiograph of a Family has been named the best feature-length documentary at the 2020 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Awards. The ceremony took place Thursday (Nov. 26) both in ...
November 27, 2020

Firouzeh Khosrovani’s Radiograph of a Family has been named the best feature-length documentary at the 2020 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Awards.

The ceremony took place Thursday (Nov. 26) both in Amsterdam’s Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond and online.

Khosrovani will receive €20,000 (US$23,879).

The director was also presented with the Beeld en Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award — now in its second year — for best creative use of archive (€5,000). The jury gave special mention to Dormant (Argentina) by Natalia Labaké.

“Through masterful storytelling, Firouzeh shows how history and revolution brought about the political and personal divorce of her parents, a secular father and increasingly conservative mother… It’s the great accomplishment of the filmmaker that she so subtly and poetically shows how divided politics can divide a room and change it forever,” the jury said about Radiograph of a Family (pictured).

Alina Gorlova, meanwhile, won the Best First Appearance award (€10,000) for This Rain Will Never Stop (Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar), which the jury called a “striking, beautifully shot and edited film.”

A special mention in the First Appearance competition went to Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe for The Last Hillbilly (France, Qatar).

The IDFA award for best directing (€5,000) went to Vitaly Mansky for Gorbachev. Heaven (Latvia, Czech Republic); and the award for best editing (€2,500) to Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers for Inside the Red Brick Wall (Hong Kong).

Nemesis (Switzerland), filmed and directed by Thomas Imbach, won for best cinematography (€2,500).

IDFA’s award for best mid-length documentary (€7,500) went to Nomin Lkhagvasuren for The Wheel (Mongolia).

The Blue House (Belgium, Senegal, Cameroon) by Hamedine Kane received a special mention in that competition.

The FIPRESCI Award (€5,000) was given to Ahmed Abd for The Fifth Story (Qatar, Iraq).

Paul Sin Nam Rigter’s Dealing with Death (Netherlands) won best Dutch documentary (€7,500).

Finally, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend (€50,000) was presented to  filmmaker Aboozar Amini.

The grant allows the recipient — a documentary filmmaker who has already earned modest recognition in the field — to make a documentary about a subject of their choosing.

IDFA continues until Dec. 6.

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